Time Line:


1996 to 1999:

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Textile Instructor


2000 to 2002:

Invented loom that teaches Braille through the art of weaving.

Patents include:

    i. Method of and Loom for Teaching Braille

    ii. Method of Weaving Braille Woven Braille Textile

Utilized the loom at the Columbia Light House for the Blind.


2002 to 2006:

Created weavings out of shredded money for the offices at the Bureau of Engraving.

Founded the The Blind Faith School of Music and Art, and conducted Braille Through the Art of Weaving Classes for students aged six to sixty. 

Earned a Library of Congress Transcribing degree. 

Taught math through weaving at the 21st Century of Learning school


2008 to 2009:

Loom receives mark of excellence as an educational tool for the New York school district.

Loom moves to East Meadow High School in Long Island, New York.  Becomes a part of the Art/Braille School Curriculum also part of Braille Institute Challenge hosted in Long Island.


2009 to present:

Friedman Place for the Blind in Chicago Illinois starts teaching Braille through weaving on the Mayster Braille Looms and we start the Pen Pal Initiative, sending messages in the textiles to other schools for the blind to decode.

New York University starts Braille Awareness Club with Mayster Braille Looms. 

The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation in Chicago supports the New Mexico School for the Blind to set up looms and workshops for TVI's to learn this method of weaving.


2010 -2011:

The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation supports the New Mexico Women’s Foundation to host Mayster Braille Loom Exhibits and work shops.

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind hosts a workshop and joins the Loomword Project

Friedman Place for the Blind, Chicago, joins Loomword Project.


2012:

Dallas Lighthouse for the Blinds Opens weaving studio to teach Braille Literacy on the Mayster Braille Loom. Classes will start January 14th, and run every other Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00.

Loomword non-profit opens, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The Metropolitan Museum in NYC has framed the first weaving in my Loomword series.


EXHIBITS:

Textile Museum in Washington

Strathmore Museum

Long Island, New York, East Meadow School District

Chevy Chase, Maryland, Montgomery County School District

California and New Mexico locations

 

AWARDS: Non-profit of the year award, Women of Washington, Washington, D.C.; Community Service Alumna of the Year Award.  Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan for invention of loom and the textiles the loom creates.


GOAL: Loomword Traveling Museum Exhibit to teach the sighted how we can be connected globally by the patented woven code that can spark Braille awareness and help the startling statistics of Braille literacy globally. The Textile Museum in Lyon France has shown an interest to host the exhibit.


CBS News, On the road, filmed my invented looms in use at the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind which broadcast on March 28, 2012.